Courtesy of the National Football Foundation
IRVING, Texas (Aug. 9, 2017) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that 100 previous nominees for The William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments, will attend the inaugural Campbell Trophy Summit in Silicon Valley from Aug. 24-26. The event, sponsored by Intuit Inc. and taking place at Stanford University, will provide the attendees a unique opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs about the leadership lessons that have driven the success of their businesses.
“In 2009, we decided to pay tribute to Bill Campbell by renaming our top scholar-athlete award in his honor because of what he represented as a former player and coach who took the lifelong lessons of the gridiron to help build several of our nation’s most iconic companies, including Apple, Google and Intuit,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Bill sadly passed away in April of 2016, and the outpouring to do something to perpetuate his mentoring legacy has been incredible, resulting in the Campbell Trophy Summit. I specifically want to thank Brad Smith of Intuit and Mark Flynn of GSV Asset Management for their leadership in making this happen.”
The event will cover a wide range of topics designed to foster leadership, personal growth and the career development of the 100 attendees, who came from the pool of nominees during the past decade for The William V. Campbell Trophy®. Themes currently slated for discussion include entrepreneurship, finance, venture capital, health care, ethics, sports management, women in leadership, mentorship and the lifelong lessons of the gridiron and how they apply in the business world. Attendees will also tour the campuses of Intuit, Facebook and Google while hearing from top executives at each of the companies.
“Bill Campbell had a profound impact at Intuit for more than two decades,” said Brad Smith, Chairman and CEO of Intuit, Inc. “His background as a football coach gave him a unique perspective on business, and he mentored countless executives, earning him the nickname the ‘Coach of Silicon Valley.’ The Campbell Trophy Summit is centered on a deep commitment to empower the next generation. Bill’s legacy will continue to make an impact on the world, and Intuit is proud to be part of that.”
The organizers have assembled an impressive set of distinguished entrepreneurs, CEOs and friends who benefited from Bill Campbell’s guidance, and the speakers currently slated to attend include more than 15 CEOs, multiple partners in major investment firms, three members of the NFF Board (Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Lott Auto Ventures CEO Ronnie Lott, and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott); four William V. Campbell Trophy®recipients (Thomas Burns – 1993 Virginia, Jim Hansen – 1992 Colorado, David Helton – 2014 Duke and Chris Howard – 1990 Air Force) and two members of the College Football Hall of Fame (Ronnie Lott – Southern California and Steve Young – Brigham Young).
“Bill Campbell influenced and inspired a generation of leaders that seek to share their perspectives with the next generation,” said Mark Flynn, co-managing partner at GSV Asset Management. “The Summit embraces many of Bill’s values and beliefs, empowering these young men on their journey to make a positive difference in our world.”
The captain of Columbia’s 1961 Ivy League championship team, Campbell found his true calling after an unlikely career change at age 39 from football coach to advertising executive. His ability to recruit, develop and manage talented executives – all lessons learned on the gridiron – proved to be a critical component of his ability to inspire his business teams to the highest levels of success. The CEOs that Campbell would go on to mentor included Steve Jobs of Apple, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Scott Cook and Brad Smith of Intuit and countless others. In his spare time, he coached 8th grade boys and girls flag football.
Campbell joined the NFF Board in 1978 while he was still a coach at Columbia, and he continued to serve with distinction until his passing last year. In 2004, the NFF recognized Campbell’s contributions and accomplishments by presenting him with the NFF Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor. In 2009, the NFF renamed college football’s premiere scholar-athlete award as The William V. Campbell Trophy® in his honor.
One of college football’s most sought after and competitive awards, the trophy identifies one individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. Made of 25-pounds of bronze and 24-inches in height, the trophy is currently presented by Fidelity Investments, displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club and endowed by HealthSouth Corp. with a $25,000 annual scholarship.
The centerpiece to the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program, the trophy was first presented in 1990, and the award builds on the program, which was launched in 1959 as the first initiative in history to award postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic, athletic and community accomplishments. The program has awarded $11.1 million to 828 top athletes since its inception, and it currently distributes more than $300,000 each year.
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